Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:05

Proposal to expand broadband comes with $20 million price tag

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AUGUSTA - Maine voters might be asked to approve a $20 million bond to improve broadband services.

That's what one senator has proposed in the state legislature.

The funds would go to ConnectME Authority, which already works to improve high-speed internet access in under-served areas.

Legislators says high-speed internet is crucial for helping rural parts of our state grow.

"I talk to business owners that their connectivity is so slow that they have to wait until 11 or 12 o'clock at night to be able to email their invoices to clients," said Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast. "These are barriers to success."

The bill's sponsor says unreliable internet access doesn't just hurt businesses,but it dissuades potential home buyers from moving to the area and makes it harder for kids to do their homework.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...